Saturday, November 26, 1864
December 11, 1864
James and Augusta Griffing continued to write frequently to each other until April of 1865, when it became safe for Augusta and their three children to return to Kansas. The Griffing family returned to Shawnee County and James resumed his career as a circuit-riding minister until he died in 1882. He was a prolific writer and kept nearly everything he ever wrote: letters, speeches, receipts, journals, ledgers and also photos. It is rare to find such an extensive collection and most of it can be found at griffingweb.com.
As the letters relate to the history of Kansas and 2nd Kansas Militia, they are an invaluble insight into the hopes and fears of nearly every Kansan in the fall of 1864. In their own way, James and Augusta Griffing have paid a fine and lasting tribute to the men of the 2nd KSM and their families who suffered with them.